Awards for Indigenous students

UBC Awards for Indigenous Students

The UBC Awards for Indigenous Students include scholarships and bursaries. When a student applies for these awards, they are considered for both merit and need-based awards.

  • Scholarships are awards that recognize academic, community, or athletic achievement.
  • Bursaries are based on financial need. Student awards based solely on financial need are not included on your official transcript.

You can find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards in the Academic Calendar. There are also external scholarships and bursaries available for Indigenous students outlined on the page below.

Read UBC Indigenous award descriptions

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for UBC Indigenous awards, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status.
  • You are an Indigenous student. 
  • You will submit the application for intended Indigenous awards by the award program deadline.
  • You are enrolled in a full-time course load studying on the Vancouver campus.
  • You meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in UBC’s Regulations Governing University Awards.
  • You demonstrate financial need to be considered for bursaries. 

Unclassified or qualifying students are not eligible for these awards. Read through the Academic Calendar information on the classification of students.

UBC uses the term "Indigenous" in place of "Aboriginal" as held in the spirit of its use in section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to refer inclusively to members of First Nations, status and non-status, treaty and non-treaty Indians, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, recognizing that many people prefer the terms that are specific and traditional to their communities.

Additional requirements

Some awards have additional requirements, which are listed in the application. Please read the award descriptions before you start your application, to better target the awards you qualify for.

If you are eligible for bursaries, submit an application to the UBC Bursary Program by the deadline to be considered for UBC General Bursary at the same time. Application to the general bursary program at UBC is helpful in determining your financial need. An application to the UBC Bursary Program is not required for your application to UBC Awards for Indigenous Students.

How to apply

Application period

Applications for UBC Indigenous awards open in August and close in September.

Before applying

There are detailed instructions on the application form. Follow these steps before you apply:

  1. Make sure you meet all general and specific eligibility requirements for applicable awards.
  2. Prepare written statements describing your personal situation, financial need, and connection to any Indigenous UBC campus communities. Include any additional information for specific awards as requested.
  3. If you are applying for bursaries, consider applying for the UBC Bursary Program before the deadline. Application to this program helps establish your financial need. but is not required to apply for UBC Indigenous Awards.

External awards for Indigenous students

In addition to UBC Awards for Indigenous Students, there are scholarships and bursaries available from non-profit organizations, private companies, and other award search portals. Visit the specific award pages linked below for details, deadlines, and how to apply.

Some awards may require a personal statement or a short essay describing why you are a suitable candidate. Many may be based on your financial need, academic merit, or both. View the list of awards below in order of application deadline.

Other financial options

If you need help

The Indigenous Student Support and Advising Team in Enrolment Services works closely with other teams on campus, including the following:

From the beginning of your UBC journey until graduation, Enrolment Services Advisors are here to make sure you get the support you need when you need it, helping you:

  • Create a financial plan
  • Understand the different funding options
  • Develop a scholarship or award application 

All undergraduate students have an assigned Enrolment Services Advisor for personalized advising. If you do not have an assigned advisor, you can email the Indigenous Advising Team (es.indigenous@ubc.ca) for help.

Contacting the team

  • If you have an assigned Enrolment Services Advisor, please contact them directly through email or phone.
  • If you are an Indigenous student (prospective, undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate), you can ask questions or book a one-on-one advising appointment by emailing es.indigenous@ubc.ca.
  • During the academic year, on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:30 pm, drop into the UBC First Nations Longhouse to speak with an Enrolment Services Advisor and member of the Indigenous Student Support Team. 
  • If you’re a UBC Okanagan student, please contact the UBC-O Indigenous Student Advising Team.